Hawks claim forward Gustavo Ayon off waivers
After being waived by the Milwaukee Bucks, the Hawks have claimed forward Gustavo Ayon.
But he's already found a new home as the Atlanta Hawks have picked him up off the waiver wire.
"Gustavo has a high basketball IQ and is a hard-nosed player," Hawks GM Danny Ferry said in a release. "He gives us quality depth at the power forward and center positions."
Ayon, a minimum-salary 6-foot-10 big man, has value as an energy forward, a player that can rebound and score a little inside the paint. The Hawks just watched center Zaza Pachulia sign with the Bucks, so they needed a little extra frontcourt depth behind Paul Millsap and Al Horford. There's also first-round pick Lucas Noguiera -- who still needs have his Spanish contract bought out -- but he's a raw rookie and having Ayon as insurance will help.
“I am very excited to join the Atlanta Hawks,” Ayon said in a release. “I had a great conversation with Coach Budenholzer and can’t wait to get to the city, meet my teammates and get to work. Vamos Hawks!”
Ayon, the third Mexican-born player ever in the NBA, averaged 3.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in 55 games with the Bucks and Magic last season.
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